Adelaide – South Australia

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While it may be a smaller city by many standards, Adelaide is considered by many as Australia’s best-kept city secret. It is home to three world-class universities, all leaders in particular fields, and boasts an annual program of international festivals and cultural events. Adelaide is graced by beautiful period buildings amid much contemporary architecture and benefits from every major facility usually found only in larger cities. In this respect Adelaide is both comfortingly intimate but international in outlook and cultural diversity. The CBD and its environs are surrounded by leafy park lands and botanical gardens, while further-out the city is flanked by white sandy beaches to the West and rolling hills, forests, agricultural and wine-making regions to the North, East and South. Further the South is the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula and gateway to the wilds of Kangaroo Island, beyond this sits the mouth of the River Murry and the Coorong National Park.

Getting Here and Away:
Adelaide International Airport is a 15 minute taxi ride from the CBD or around 20-25 minutes by bus. The JetBus Airport Service runs in and out of the CBD regularly.

Adelaide Central Railway Station sits directly in the middle of North Terrace and offers easy walking distance to the Adelaide Festival Centre, the Museum and Gallery of South Australia, City East and City West campuses of UniSA and the main shopping districts of Adelaide CBD including Rundle Street and the Adelaide Central Market, which are both worth a visit in particular.

For details of transportation routes and timetables you can download maps and timetables from Adelaide Metro.

Adelaide CBD also offers the convenience of a FREE central loop service by bus or tram. Trains in and out of Adelaide are frequent and very comfortable since the recent upgrade and electrification of most major lines. Peak hour travel can become a little congested but public transport is still well advised for commuting in favour of car travel at these times.

Cycling:
If you’re feeling more energetic Adelaide offers a free City Bike Hire service at various locations around the CBD. The point most central to North Terrace and the conference venue will the Adelaide Central Railway Station where bikes can be borrowed with a suitable proof of ID. Click here to find out more about Adelaide City Bikes, or visit the Bikes SA website for alternative hire locations around the city. A city bike is particularly useful if you wanted to visit one of Adelaide’s sustainability locations such as the Christie Walk development.

Beaches:
If you’re interested in getting to the coast, the beach suburb of Brighton lies 15km (25 minutes) South by train or the popular beach district and marina of Glenelg is a 40 minute tram ride from Adelaide’s Victoria Square. Due West are West Beach, Grange and Henley Beach all of which can be accessed by train and offer expanses of wide, white sand, natural dunes and rolling ocean.

Hills and Countryside:
If you’d prefer to get into greener spaces, Adelaide is full of park lands and boasts a wonderful Botanic Garden between the CBD and North Adelaide accessed towards the top end of North Terrace. Alternatively the Adelaide hills and heights of Mount Lofty which offers spectacular views across the Adelaide Plains West and South can be accessed by bus in only a 30 minute ride. More Botanical Gardens can be explored here too including a beautiful arboretum, Cleland Wifdlife Park and the Historic townships of Stirling and Hahndorf.

Food and Wine:
South Australia is home to an abundance of world class wineries … Insert info on Barossa, McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills Wineries.

Where to Stay:
Accommodation in Adelaide CBD is widely available and within easy reach of the conference venue either by foot or the city tram and bus loop. North Terrace offers a range of business class hotels including the Stamford Plaza and Palyford Hotels. Other options are available here through Trip Advisor, or if you’re on a budget the city offers excellent accommodation with the Adelaide YHA which is within similar striking distance to the conference.

Weather:
May in Adelaide can be changeable and temperatures vary between 14˚C and 21˚C by day and from 12˚C to as low as 5˚C over  night. Rainfall in late Autumn can be heavy at times so a coat or umbrella is advisable if you plan to walk in the city. Layered clothing is also advisable in case of warm spells. Winds can sometimes be strong and gusty in coastal areas.